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This is the land of wanderlust blueprint to a 3N/4D trip around Kashmir.
Dal Lake Gate no. 1 @ 13:00 HRS
This is a backpacking trip which is high on experience and low on luxury. The trip starts with a night in our home stay house boat in Dal lake which has been a part of the tlow eco system since 2015 second day is where we get deeper into exploring the state of Kashmir with a road trip to Gulmarg and Pahalgam. The 2nd night on this trip is in a hotel in Srinagar while the 3rd night is at a guest house in Pahalgam.
Our 3N/4D trip is perfect for anyone who’s looking for a budget road trip around Kashmir valley in a short time and wants to go beyond the tourist circuit.
– Reach Srinagar by 15:00 HRS latest.
– Check into a house boat at Dal Lake.
– Meet the rest of the group.
– By 17:30 HRS leave for a Shikhara ride around Dal Lake.
– Dinner in the city of Sri Nagar.
– Spend the rest of the evening relaxing in our house boat.
– Post Breakfast leave for Gulmarg (51 km =1.5 Hrs)
– Explore Gulmarg and visit Gulmarg Gondola cable car ride.
– In the evening at 18:00 HRS return back to Srinagar
– Check in to our guest house for the night
– Post Breakast leave for Pahalgam. (90 km = 2.50 hours)
– Check in to our Pahalgam stay.
– Freshen up and leave for Aru Valley, Chandanwari and Betaab Valley
– In the evening return back to the guest house.
– Rest of the evening at leisure
– By 8 am, drive back to Sri nagar
– Drop off at Lal Chowk.
Q. Where is Srinagar located?
Srinagar is a region administered by India as a union territory.
Q. Is Srinagar safe?
Yes, Srinagar is an extremely safe place to travel to. Unlike the rest of J&K, Srinagar has not been affected by any kind of conflict till date.
Q. Is there a cell phone network in Srinagar?
Yes, there is cell phone coverage in Srinagar. BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone postpaid connection work. BSNL and Airtel are the best. Only postpaid connections work in Srinagar.
Q. Why does prepaid cell phone network not work in J&K?
Since J&K is a highly conflicted region for security purposes only postpaid connections work in this region.
Q. Is there 3G/4G in Srinagar?
As of October 2017, Srinagar had only edge and edge plus (2G) in the town of Leh. So basically WhatsApp works. BSNL has the best data coverage in Srinagar.
Q. Does Airtel and Vodafone work in Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley and Tso Moriri?
Only BSNL has a cellular connection in these regions and that too is very scratchy.
Q. Where do we meet the tlow representative at Srinagar?
The trip starts at Dal Lake gate no.1.
Q. What time should we reach Dal Lake?
Any time from 10:00 HRS to 17:30 HRS on day one of the trip is an ideal time to reach Dal Lake.
Q. What time and where does the trip end at Srinagar?
The trip ends at Dal Lake gate no.1 by 09:00 HRS on the last day of the trip as mentioned on our blueprint.
Q. How do we reach Dal Lake from Srinagar airport?
From Srinagar airport there are two options. Either you can take a taxi to Dal Lake gate no.1 or a local bus.
Q. What kind of accommodation will be provided?
We will be using homestays and guest houses all along the trip.
Q. Will the accommodation be clean?
Since no one in the world likes to keep their home untidy, it’s safe to say that every place we stay at will be clean and will give you a homely feel.
Q. Will we get a bed, blankets and pillows?
Yes, at every place we stay at you’ll get a blanket, a pillow and if not a bed then surely a mattress to sleep on.
Q. Will we get hot water for a bath?
Every guest house and homestay we stay at will have geysers so you’ll surely get to have a bath at least once a day.
Q. Will the rooms be based on gender or mixed?
It will be girls in a separate room and boys in a separate room, for all those backpacking solo.
Q. What if we want to opt for a couple room?
Yes you can. Our website will let you opt for an add-on when booking. The couple room add-on option will pop at check-out page.
Q. Why is food not included?
Since this is a backpacking trip we want to leave the eating for you’ll to explore on your own. You’ll never go hungry in Srinagar.
Q. Do we need to carry food along?
Not needed. Every place we stay at will have either a cafe or a Kashmiri family who will cook for us.
Q. What kind of food should we expect to get?
In Manali, Leh and Srinagar you’ll get everything from pizza to dosa. While in other regions, it’s the basic rajma dal (kidney beans) rice, pickle, mix vegetables and rotis with some local chicken curry.
Q. Can we cook?
Yes, you can cook in our homestay in Srinagar. Provided you make the time.
Q. How do I avoid altitude sickness?
The only way to avoid altitude sickness is to rest well, keep yourself hydrated and have plenty of water.
Q. What about motion sickness?
Consult your local physician is the best for motion sickness.
Q. What about the oxygen level?
The oxygen is indeed very thin in Ladakh but if you remember to keep yourself hydrated with small sips of water, it should not bother you.
Q. Is there a hospital in Leh-Ladakh?
Yes, every town and village in Ladakh has a health centre.
Q. Is it okay if I enroll solo for a trip?
Yes, it’s absolutely fine to enroll solo. All our trips have 70% solo travelers who enroll.
Q. What if I don’t get along with the other backpackers?
If no one talks to you, don’t worry our tlow team members will be your friend and give you an experience of a lifetime.
Q. What will be our mode of transportation?
While in Srinagar we will be using a combination of Sedan,SUVs or tempo travellers depending on the group size
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